ELKHART – Earl Ray White, 84, died Friday, Feb. 12, 2010, at Morton County Hospital in Elkhart.
He was born Nov. 9, 1925, to Fredrick Earl and Elva Fay McCowan in Reno County.
He married Lorene Vernis Delay Jan. 31, 1950 in Clayton, N.M. She survives.
He graduated from Elkhart High School in 1942, and joined the Navy.
After basic training in Faragut, Idaho, he was stationed on San Clemente Island in Calif. He served his country during World War II and was honorably discharged in June 1946, then attended Panhandle State University for a semester.
He then joined his father on the family farm.
He was a member of the Elkhart Church of the Nazarene and Morton County Grazing Association.
With the exception of his family, Ray loved ranching and farming the most. He realized his dream of owning a cattle ranch and raising cattle with his boys.
Other survivors include, five sons, Jim White, Gary White and wife, Deb, Tim White and wife, Connie, all of Elkhart, Mike White and wife, Donna, Jeff White and wife, Deb, both of Sublette; one daughter, Kathi Morgan and husband, Don, Elkhart; three brothers, Edgar White, Elkhart, Floyd White, Boise City, Okla., Eugene White and wife, Janet, Tuscumbia, Mo.; three sisters, Helen Swagerty and husband, Ralph, JoAnn Fowler and husband, Lynn, both of Elkhart, Elva Johnson and husband, Boyd, Rolla; nine grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one grandson, Trevor Joel White, two great-grandsons, Malen Huck Anderson, and Tryson Lee Morgan.
o Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Monday, at theChurch of the Nazarene in Elkhart with Pastor Keith Davis presiding.
Burial will follow at Elkhart Cemetery with military rites conducted by Elkhart VFW Post No. 3162.
Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Garnand Funeral Home in Elkhart.
Memorials are suggested to M.E.N.D. (Mothers Enduring Neonatal Death) of Amarillo, Texas, or Whistle Stop Park. Both may be sent in care of Garnand Funeral Home P.O. Box 854, Elkhart, KS 67950.